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Veranstaltungsreihe: Du Bois Lectures

Hip-Hop Knowledge, Germany’s Colonial History, and Afrodiasporic Masculinities

The W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture Series in American Culture Studies offers new contributions to the urgently needed intercultural dialogue by inviting scholars and


Di., 16.02.2021
18:30 Uhr - 20:00 Uhr





In her talk, Sina Nitzsche analyzes the album Platz an der Sonne (Place in the
Sun) released in 2017 by the Berlin-based Afrodiasporic rap crew Black Superman Group (BSMG). BSMG consists of Dutch-Nigerian-German rapper Megaloh, Sierra Leonean-German rapper Musa, and Ghanaian-German producer Ghanaian Stallion. Focusing on the song “Geschichtsunterricht” (“History Lesson”), the talk will consider how the rap song negotiates the consequences of Germany’s colonial past by engaging in a larger hip-hop tradition of sharing knowledge. It will also show how the song draws on African American and Afrodiasporic histories, musical styles, and narratives to respond to ideas of racial equality formulated by the global Black Lives Matter movement. Nitzsche ultimately argues that Platz an der Sonne attempts to fill the collective gap of knowledge about Germany’s colonial past and postcolonial present by teaching a new rap audience poetic lessons about marginalization, self-empowerment and the re-formulation of a Black German identity.

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Veranstalter: Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Referenten: Sina A. Nitzsche
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Evangelia Kindinger


Prof. Dr. Evangelia Kindinger
Telefon: (030) 2093-70935

Raum: online